The Ever-Increasing Importance of Exercise for Children
Are your kids getting enough exercise? With long school days, limited recess time, and pure devotion to devices, many American kids are living lives that are far more sedentary than the lives of children in prior generations. Why is exercise so important, and how much do kids really need?
Exercise helps prevent childhood obesity, but it has many more benefits than that. Kids who get regular exercise have stronger muscles and bones, a healthier heart, and better sleep. Exercise can lower blood pressure, decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes, and even improve a child’s outlook on life.
Here’s the good news: Kids naturally get the right kind of exercise when they’re allowed to play. They run, they jump, they climb, they cross the monkey bars and they touch their toes. They develop endurance, strength, and flexibility, just by having the opportunity to run around and play.
How much exercise do kids need? Toddlers need about 90 minutes per day, while preschoolers should get about two hours of exercise. It’s good to mix planned and unstructured activity, to make sure they’re being physical enough in their play. School-aged children are encouraged to get at least 60 minutes of physical exercise each day, and that can be broken down into 15-minute intervals if it’s hard to work that much activity into the schedule.
So how do you get your kids to exercise? This can be a challenge when they’re worn out from school or don’t want to put down the tablet or turn off the television.
- Encourage extracurricular activities. Team sports, cheerleading, dance, gymnastics, swimming, or riding horseback are just a few examples of physical activities you can schedule for your kids after school. They won’t just get valuable exercise, they’ll also have fun and l
- earn new skills
- Make it a family affair. Walk the dog, take a bike ride, or shoot some hoops in the driveway. When you exercise as a family you’re modeling good behavior while you help your child stay active.
- Bring along some friends. For kids, just about every activity is better when a friend can tag along. Make your playdates active, taking the kids to the pool or park, or even just letting them play in the backyard.
- Get out into nature. Visit parks, walk in the woods, go to the beach or the lake. Spending time in the great outdoors is beneficial in many ways, and when you’re getting exercise it’s even better for you.
- Make it fun. No matter what activity you introduce to your children, if it’s not fun it’s not going to be something they want to do again and again. Keep trying different activities, and eventually, you will learn what your kids enjoy and will participate in willingly and consistently.
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